Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Commemorative scarab commissioned for the Aten’s jubilee, bearing the names and titles of Amenhotep IV and his queen, Nefertiti
Egypt
14th century BCE
Glazed steatite
9.5 x 6.7 x 4.7 cm
Harry Stern Collection, bequest of Kurt Stern, London
Accession number: 76.18.247
 
 
The base is inscribed with the names of the king and his consort Queen Nefertiti, and the didactic names of the god Aten.
Since scarabs represent Khepri, god of the rising sun, they were banned after the move to Amarna.

Publications:
Ben-Tor, Daphna, The Scarab, A Reflection of Ancient Egypt, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1989

Exhibition:
The Scarab: A Reflection of Ancient Egypt, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Spertus Hall, 1989

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir